Monday, August 29, 2016
Work is progressing on a mural on the DuBois-on-Main building, an African-American museum on the corner of Main Street and South Virginia Street in Mount Hope, West Virginia (WV). During segregation, Mount Hope's historically black schools were named for William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963), noted African-American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist. Racial integration occurred during the 1956-1957 school term, and DuBois High School was renamed Mount Hope High School. The building is still extant and is located on the WV-61 by-pass on the northeast end of town.
|Mural going up on the DuBois on Main museum...|
|... will look something like this when completed.|
The school depicted in the mural is the DuBois High School building built in 1927 at a cost of $75,000, which was destroyed by fire on June 22, 1950. Approximately 500 junior and high school students were enrolled at the school during the school term that ended just prior to the fire.
|Park service to burn fields near Grandview to help bird species.|
Fire managers plan to burn approximately 26 acres in the “Carper Fields” area near Grandview, approximately five miles north of Interstate 64. The burn is expected to take several hours to complete, according to Julena Campbell, Public Affairs Officer and Chief of Interpretation & Cultural Resources for the New River Gorge National River.
Friday, August 19, 2016
|Rangers seek information on vandalism at Long Point.|
Sometime on or before Sunday, August 14, 2016, one or more persons used green and orange spray paint to scrawl their initials and a heart on the rocky outcrop at the end of the popular 1.6-mile trail that provides an exceptional view of the New River Gorge Bridge.
The graffiti, which reads “AW ♥ TK,” measures nearly eight feet long and two feet tall, according to Jeff West, acting superintendent for the national river.
“Graffiti is illegal everywhere, but it’s particularly disheartening to see the lack of respect shown in this case,” West said.
Monday, August 15, 2016
|Skybridge at AOTG|
Though log construction never quite disappeared in the mountains around the New River Gorge, Vickie Darby says luxury log homes are being built with greater frequency, notably near parks and recreation areas.
"Here in the New River Gorge region we've witnessed a dramatic increase in demand -- not only where cabins and luxury homes are concerned, but in uncommon cases where recreation facilities are being developed," she says. "In recent years we've been asked to provide materials for everything from bridges at rafting basecamps to bathhouses for Boy Scouts."
Saturday, July 30, 2016
|US-19 traffic races past welcome center site|
The center will serve as the main entrance and parking area for the 11,000-acre reserve and will include seating areas, retail and exhibit spaces, a climbing wall, and restroom facilities accessible from both inside and outside, Hartley said. Reserve guests will also be welcomed and credentialed as they arrive at the center, which will provide parking for more than 12,000 vehicles. Plazas outside will allow groups to congregate before they are transported to the Scott Summit Center within the reserve. The site will also feature J.W. Point, an overlook offering views of the mountainous landscape.
|Center will park more than 12,000 cars.|
For more information on the Bechtel Reserve and the Ruby Welcome Center, visit the Scouting Newsroom: BSA breaks ground on new welcome center for Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
Monday, July 11, 2016
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Saturday, July 9, 2016
|Thurmond in the early 1900s|
Bluegrass music and a hike along the wall of the gorge will also be features of the 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. celebration of life along the rails, according to Dave Bieri, a supervising ranger for the southern district of the national park.